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Re. Declining Health of the Kipuka in Captivity

Recently Trillo Antovaldo, the caretaker of the Kitin of the Depth, did inform the Kitin Study Group of the declining health of its captive.

From the symptoms given – sensibility to extreme temperatures (as in summer and winter), and to light (higher activity at night, retraction into dark corners during daytime) – it can be deduced that neither the natural end of the Kitin’s life cycle, nor an illness is responsible for the loss of appetite and animation.

The highest probability seems to be the unnatural habitat the Kitin is kept in. A creature of the depth, used to little to none natural daylight at all and only minimal fluctuations of climate, it seems to be that only for a limited time survival on the outer bark is possible (which reminds of similar observations regarding the Rotoas). This is, in fact, quite an interesting development in our studies, for it implies that – depending on the reproduction rate – Kitins of the Depth have to rotate between their natural environment and the surface of Atys, or they will weaken and most likely die.

As it can’t be our interest to limit our studies to just that one aspect, and as we have only that one Kitin of the Depth we can study at the moment, the suggestion is to move it to some place which is suitable both for the Kitin as well as for the Kitinologists. The needs here are different, obviously. For the Kitin we do need an environment which simulates the habitat natural to the creature, while for the Kitinologists we need a place which can be constantly used for observation, which is not threatened by Kitins and highly dangerous wild animals, but at the same time can be closed down on very short notice in the case the captive escapes.

The most fitting place therefore seem to be the ruin of Jinovitch’s unfinished Arena. Its corridors are perfect for simulating Kitin tunnels. They are dark, they keep a more or less constant temperature and even produce a natural humidity (although, as Filira Cuiccio Perinia since pointed out, not as high as in the Kitin lairs). Those corridors are very rarely used by homins, not even when a public spectacle takes place in the Arena.

The fact that the Arena is pretty close to the capital is just an extra. It can be reached by researchers and scientists less experienced in the Art of War without the need to be guarded. The Arena itself has only one entrance, which can be closed down quickly by soldiers. There even is a Kitin Observance Camp nearby, so relief special forces could be send in a matter of minutes. No danger to Yrkanis, not even to the camp of the Green Seeds Tribe has to be expected.

On revisiting the Arena with this thoughts in mind, it even seems to be more perfect at second view than at first. There is one rather lengthy corridor to the right from the entrance of the Arena which has a very spacious bypass in the open. That whole corridor could be closed down without much of a fuss, and serve as a Kitin cage. With more effort, even an open-air enclosure is not impossible, so that the Kitin could move inside the corridor as well as outside of it, while homins would still be able to pass by. But this concept seems to be more a pie in the sky, as the saying is. At the moment the urgent need is to move the Kitin to a place where it can regenerate its good health, and still be studied.

And wouldn’t it be almost poetical to use Jinovitch’s unfinished Arena, the brain-child of a foul creature fallen under the claws of the Kitins, as the place to study our arch-enemy?

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